“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Reading a book is a holiday for the soul, kind of meditation…well…it depends on what you are reading, of course.
Most of us start reading in the morning, having breakfast we check the latest news on our smart devices, we then catch public transport and we read a book on our way to work. After a long day we enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine sitting on the sofa …and…we read. That’s a bit too romantic?
Let’s be German then and present some figures: on average Germans spend 5 hours and 42 minutes on reading per week, two thirds of all Germans read newspapers or magazines on a daily basis, most of them online. Women read more than men, 40% still read printed books, followed by e-books and audio- books. A solid number of 25% don’t buy books at all.

Germany is famous for book fairs. Besides the two major ones in Frankfurt and Leipzig there are many more:

– Buch Berlin
– Schriftgut Dresden
– Mitteldeutsche Buchmesse
– KIBUM Oldenburg
– Comicade Aachen
– Intercomic Köln
– Self-Publishing-Day Munich

…just to name a view.

That’s it for the moment…but…we can’t let you go without having a few recommendations for you.
Here is a list of books written by German authors, translated into English:

Cornelia Funke The Inkheart Trilogy and The Reckless Anthology
Guilia Enders Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
Timur Vermes Look who’s back
Frank Schätzing The Swarm
Patrick Süsskind Perfume. The story of a murderer
Bernhard Schlink The Reader
Siegfried Lenz The German Lesson
Günter Grass The Tin Drum
Corinne Hofmann The White Masai

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